THE PLOT THUS FAR
A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Eddie Morra is a struggling writer/slob who acquires a drug called NZT-48, a pill that allows him to recall everything from the briefest of encounters. In minutes he is transformed from a guy no one could believe has a book deal to a man no one can do without. Door opens, too many door really. Eddie’s problem solving solutions end up fanning the flames of questions around him, and before long it seems that everyone in the city is after him.
Cooper’s performance totally shocked me. He’s able to go from panicked addict to conversationalist genius and back without losing the support of the audience. With no key player for Eddie to confide in or take along for the journey, the supporting performances are little more than plot points. Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro don’t have nearly as much range to showcase in this screenplay. However with a little change, Anna Friel’s one scene could have been expanded into something with more drama and likely give Limitless the emotional impact needed for some to take it seriously.
Director Neil Burger gave a lot of style and ridiculousness in this film. The editing was quite fast and fun. The zooming in through places is amazing. The soundtrack and the music score does perfectly fit in every scene. The performances were good. Bradley Cooper is an entertaining actor but he had some weaknesses in serious scenes like crying or being scared. Robert De Niro only shows up in times but you know him, he is just being himself and there is nothing wrong with that.
A novel idea is simplified in his execution and he makes it easy to absorb it as a reality right from the beginning. He does avoid superficial scenarios and unnecessary drama and chooses to portray the hardships that Eddie encounters while he possesses such power. Limitless entertains with the possibilities and the consequences of uncontrollable powers. However, in the end, it is no ‘Inception’ in story telling or concept and if you’re in with unreal expectations, it will surely disappoint but due credit must be given to Neil Burger for a good execution of the concept that even in the end, doesn’t fall flat on its face.The Blu-Ray comes with the alternate ending that seemingly makes the film work better for me. While I still feel that we’re getting an edited-down movie that squanders the premise in the third act, Cooper and Cornish still sell the audience on the action. Both cuts of the film are presented on a single disc, so you can choose what you want. There’s also a ton of featurettes and director’s commentary available for your perusal. The digital copy is on the second disc and I would like to take a moment to thank FOX for continuing to support this program. The A/V Quality is amazing with a high bitrate AVC encode that’s just a hair away from being reference quality. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is strong enough. I’d recommend a purchase.
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